‘Changes’ coming in 2020 for Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran

Thomas Tedesco, Culture Editor

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran have made significant career announcements about their plans for the upcoming year.

The singers crossed paths back in May when they collaborated on the song “I Don’t Care”. Since the release of the highly successful song, each artist’s career has gone in a different direction heading into 2020.

Since the release of his 2017 album, “Divide”, Sheeran has been in the spotlight. Which included a string of hit singles and a lengthy tour, that would take him across the world. This included a stop in Buffalo at the KeyBank Center on July 9, 2017.

As several other artists announced their big plans for 2020, Sheeran had a different message when he posted to his Instagram in late December.


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“I’ve been a bit non stop since 2017 so I’m just gonna take a breather to travel, write and read. I’ll be off all social media until it’s time to come back.” Sheeran would go on to say in the post. “… I promise to be back with some new music when the time is right and I’ve lived a little more to actually have something to write about.”

The constant touring and recording seemed to have taken its toll on Sheeran. He has not given a definitive amount of time as to the length of the hiatus. Which will make fans have to wait and find out about his future endeavors.

In addition to releasing the “Divide” album and touring in support of it, Sheeran is well-known for collaborating with several artists. This was highlighted on the album “No. 6 Collaborations Project” that was released last year. Among the several artists featured was Bieber, who has also recently made his own announcements about his plans for 2020.

For the past four years, Bieber has been largely out of the spotlight since releasing his last album “Purpose” and touring to support it, which saw many of the dates canceled. He kept his name out there by collaborating with other artists on their songs. Other than this, no new music from Bieber had been released during that span.

This changed in the new decade as he released his latest single, “Yummy” on January 3 which was met with mixed reviews. The release of the song coincided with the announcement of a new full-length album, aptly titled “Changes” and a supporting tour. Bieber is giving his fans a unique look into his break and comeback with a new documentary series that is being released exclusively to YouTube.

“I’m [at my] best in the studio or onstage than anywhere else…what’s been challenging over the years, is a lot of the times when I made music, it would be for me. When the focus and the goal is about yourself, you kind of lose purpose in that…”, said Bieber in a recent interview promoting the series.

Bieber’s “Changes” tour is scheduled for forty-five dates between May and September with tickets going on sale February 14, the same day that the new album will be released. This will feature a stop in Buffalo on August 24 at KeyBank Center. It will mark the first time that Bieber has appeared in Buffalo since 2016.

“Changes” is the best way to describe the paths that two of the world’s most successful pop stars have taken for 2020. Even as one comes and another goes, it creates a sense of eagerness and anticipation for pop music fans.